September 12, 2009

A Hill Country Hootie Hoo: Report on JOHN S. NOTT, late of Texas

Posted by Terry Thornton

Sometimes genealogy research can be fun --- and sometimes written reports are not what they seem to be. Enjoy this fun play on words and give thanks that you are not researching either the SHOTT or the NOTT familie

An old report of a duel in Texas

"A duel was lately fought in Texas by ALEXANDER SHOTT and JOHN S. NOTT. Nott was shot and Shott was not. In this case it is better to be Shott than Nott. There was a rumor that Nott was not shot, and Shott avows that he shot Nott, which proves either that the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot, or that Nott was shot notwithstanding. It may be made to appear on trial that the shot Shott shot shot Nott, or, as accidents with firearms are frequent, it may be possible that the shot Shott shot shot Shott himself, when the whole affair would resolve itself into its original elements, and Shott would be shot and Nott would be not. We think, however, that the shot Shott shot shot not Shott but Nott; though indeed it is hard to tell who was shot and who was not. ---Source uncertain. "

As quoted by Richard Hopwood Thornton, American Glossary. Philapelphia: L.B. Lippincott Company. 1912. Volume 2, page 419.

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